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Aloha Writers Conference on Maui Will Feature Best-Selling Authors and Keynote Speakers

August 7, 2012

HONOLULU, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The 2013 Aloha Writers Conference will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on the island of Maui. From January 18-21, 2013, award-winning authors, top agents and editors will be speaking at the conference, including Kaui Hart Hemmings whose novel, The Descendants, was made into the highly acclaimed film starring George Clooney.

The conference, taking place during one of the island’s most exciting times – whale season, will also feature Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean, Thomas Cook, winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, John Lescroart, best-selling suspense author, and Diane Lake whose screenplay Frieda won two Academy Awards. They will be joined by agents and editors; Elizabeth Evans of Jean V. Naggar Literacy, Melissa Flashman of Trident Literacy Group of New York and Neil Nyren of G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Designed to motivate, inspire and educate writers, the Aloha Writers Conference will feature not only world-renowned writers and best-selling authors but poets and screenwriters as well. These mentors will be available to help participants develop their writing skills further and include Hawaiian cultural specialists making this a unique and inspirational experience for all those who attend. Writers of all ages and genres, even first-time and seasoned writers are encouraged to attend. Come away motivated and with a greater awareness of the Hawaiian culture to incite future writing.

The Aloha Writers Conference will benefit the Native Hawaiian non-profit agency, Keiki O Ka Aina (KOKA) Family Learning Centers, which is the conference host and organizer. KOKA was the 2007 recipient of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” largest build to date, constructing KOKA’s offices in the 100th episode. Established in 1996, KOKA works to serve the needs of the Native Hawaiian community through cultural educational programs for adults, children and families. Serving over 2,000 families on Oahu and Maui, KOKA’s mission is to build strong communities by building strong families.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Hawaii with other writers and to learn from some of the best in the world. Conference attendees receive special air and hotel discounts. Pre-registration starts at $695.00, register before October 1, 2012. To learn more and to sign up for the Aloha Writers Conference, visit www.alohawritersconference.com.

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